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    Coronaxtra got a reaction from HopefulDDS in The slow decay of dentistry   
    A few of my friends have been practicing for exactly 1 year now. These stats might be useful for people looking to gain some info on the associate market in different areas.
    1) Practicing in rural Alberta (~2 hours east of Edmonton) --> 220k pre-tax working 6 days a week
    2) Practicing in GTA --> 150k pre-tax working 5 days a week
    3) Practicing 1.5 hours outside GTA --> 175k pre-tax working 5 days a week
    4) Practicing in Calgary --> 180k pre-tax working 5 days a week
    Although income does depend on types of procedures, days you work, etc., it does seem imo that dentistry is still a great profession.
    But if your taking out 350-500k loans for dental school, its better to go into another profession. If your parents can afford to pay for dental school and you have zero/minimal debt, then definitely go and be ahead of the curve so that you can buy clinics and have a higher income pretty quickly. 
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    Coronaxtra got a reaction from WomboCombo in The slow decay of dentistry   
    A few of my friends have been practicing for exactly 1 year now. These stats might be useful for people looking to gain some info on the associate market in different areas.
    1) Practicing in rural Alberta (~2 hours east of Edmonton) --> 220k pre-tax working 6 days a week
    2) Practicing in GTA --> 150k pre-tax working 5 days a week
    3) Practicing 1.5 hours outside GTA --> 175k pre-tax working 5 days a week
    4) Practicing in Calgary --> 180k pre-tax working 5 days a week
    Although income does depend on types of procedures, days you work, etc., it does seem imo that dentistry is still a great profession.
    But if your taking out 350-500k loans for dental school, its better to go into another profession. If your parents can afford to pay for dental school and you have zero/minimal debt, then definitely go and be ahead of the curve so that you can buy clinics and have a higher income pretty quickly. 
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    Coronaxtra got a reaction from toothurty in The slow decay of dentistry   
    A few of my friends have been practicing for exactly 1 year now. These stats might be useful for people looking to gain some info on the associate market in different areas.
    1) Practicing in rural Alberta (~2 hours east of Edmonton) --> 220k pre-tax working 6 days a week
    2) Practicing in GTA --> 150k pre-tax working 5 days a week
    3) Practicing 1.5 hours outside GTA --> 175k pre-tax working 5 days a week
    4) Practicing in Calgary --> 180k pre-tax working 5 days a week
    Although income does depend on types of procedures, days you work, etc., it does seem imo that dentistry is still a great profession.
    But if your taking out 350-500k loans for dental school, its better to go into another profession. If your parents can afford to pay for dental school and you have zero/minimal debt, then definitely go and be ahead of the curve so that you can buy clinics and have a higher income pretty quickly. 
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    Coronaxtra got a reaction from GlassHalfFull in The slow decay of dentistry   
    A few of my friends have been practicing for exactly 1 year now. These stats might be useful for people looking to gain some info on the associate market in different areas.
    1) Practicing in rural Alberta (~2 hours east of Edmonton) --> 220k pre-tax working 6 days a week
    2) Practicing in GTA --> 150k pre-tax working 5 days a week
    3) Practicing 1.5 hours outside GTA --> 175k pre-tax working 5 days a week
    4) Practicing in Calgary --> 180k pre-tax working 5 days a week
    Although income does depend on types of procedures, days you work, etc., it does seem imo that dentistry is still a great profession.
    But if your taking out 350-500k loans for dental school, its better to go into another profession. If your parents can afford to pay for dental school and you have zero/minimal debt, then definitely go and be ahead of the curve so that you can buy clinics and have a higher income pretty quickly. 
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    Coronaxtra got a reaction from ace777 in The slow decay of dentistry   
    A few of my friends have been practicing for exactly 1 year now. These stats might be useful for people looking to gain some info on the associate market in different areas.
    1) Practicing in rural Alberta (~2 hours east of Edmonton) --> 220k pre-tax working 6 days a week
    2) Practicing in GTA --> 150k pre-tax working 5 days a week
    3) Practicing 1.5 hours outside GTA --> 175k pre-tax working 5 days a week
    4) Practicing in Calgary --> 180k pre-tax working 5 days a week
    Although income does depend on types of procedures, days you work, etc., it does seem imo that dentistry is still a great profession.
    But if your taking out 350-500k loans for dental school, its better to go into another profession. If your parents can afford to pay for dental school and you have zero/minimal debt, then definitely go and be ahead of the curve so that you can buy clinics and have a higher income pretty quickly. 
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    Coronaxtra got a reaction from medigeek in Family Medicine in Alberta vs. Ontario - can someone provide info?   
    Hiking taxes, figuring out ways to pay for dental and pharm plans, don’t forget about making Ontario a sanctuary province. Where is all this money coming from? Oh yeah the doctors, dentists, etc who make too much money 
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    Coronaxtra reacted to la marzocco in Family Medicine in Alberta vs. Ontario - can someone provide info?   
    Also I think the polls are predicting a conservative majority.. 
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    Coronaxtra got a reaction from driller in UWO schulich dentistry 2018 accepted/rejected/waitlist   
    I can confirm the high waitlist is moving. A friend of mine has got off the HWL last week.
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    Coronaxtra got a reaction from 4mbition in UWO schulich dentistry 2018 accepted/rejected/waitlist   
    I can confirm the high waitlist is moving. A friend of mine has got off the HWL last week.
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    Coronaxtra got a reaction from chittychittybang in Any questions about US dental schools?   
    TN visas don't have an annual limit like H1B and GCs do so you'll be able to get it renewed or apply for a new one quite easily. The difficult part is not securing the visa or getting renewal, its finding an employer to take you on as an associate. It's easier for them to hire local US perm residents or citizens. Some people that I know found it difficult initially with dental owners being reluctant to bring a Canadian dentist on TN but that's not always the case. As long as you're flexible with practicing in different states/areas, you'll find someone willing to take you on and then the TN/renewal stuff is smooth sailing.
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    Coronaxtra got a reaction from okaynotbad in University of Saskatchewan Interview Invites 2018   
    As mentioned by others, OOP waitlist clears in most years at sask. Be patient and wait for other schools to release their acceptances (Alberta and Manitoba). It could take up till late July early August for you to hear back on the bottom third.
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    Coronaxtra got a reaction from winner1 in University of Saskatchewan Interview Invites 2018   
    As mentioned by others, OOP waitlist clears in most years at sask. Be patient and wait for other schools to release their acceptances (Alberta and Manitoba). It could take up till late July early August for you to hear back on the bottom third.
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    Coronaxtra got a reaction from sask1234 in To all prospective dentists   
    For those who are looking for interview tips or ways to improve, I can spare some time and help with explain things that made me improve and see where you might be lacking. I went from 0 interviews to 4 last year and got accepted in 3 out of the 4 schools. I've got experience in MMI/CDA/Panel and would love to give back! Feel free to PM
    FYI, i will not be giving out information about past questions or what to "focus on for school x". I intend to honour all my confidentiality agreements. 
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    Coronaxtra reacted to Incisor94 in Schulich Interview Invites 2018   
    I’m not sure and anything i say is pure speculation but based on my experience and others in my class, interview and ABS trumps GPA and DAT. It’s been mentioned before that there is a shift to higher education applicants and people with diverse backgrounds make up our class. I think the interview really shows the admission committee who you are as a person and whether that would be a good fit for the incoming class hence why it may be weighted more heavily.
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    Coronaxtra reacted to NutritionRunner in Rise in competition last 5 years   
    It’s not a dumb argument.  Plenty of people in allied health are very happy with their careers and never considered medicine at all (obviously some of them did consider medicine, but either didn’t get in or changed their minds).  I’m one of those people who changed their minds, mainly due to three factors: 1. Suffering not one, but three severe concussions, and no longer able to handle sleep deprivation well at all. 2. Talking to attending physicians, residents, and clerks, and realizing that I would not actually enjoy either the training process nor the uncertainty of where I would end up for training and then my first job after training (geographically limited due to family commitments). 3. Finding an allied health career that I was passionate about, and paid plenty enough to keep me living very comfortably, living debt-free, being able to afford my hobbies, and being able to take vacation twice a year.  You don’t need $200,000 year to live very comfortably in many places in Canada.  $60-80,000 per year is more than enough, especially if you are married to someone who makes just as much (or more) and if you don’t have children.  Now, if you have children, that’s another matter, as raising kids can be very expensive, depending on where you live. But not everyone wants or has children either.  A DINK (double income no kids) couple, each making $80,000 per year, can live very comfortably in smaller cities (i.e. not the GTA or Vancouver, but somewhere like Kingston, Kitchener, London, Halifax, etc.) Oh, and some of us actually prefer smaller cities. I could never live in a place like Toronto or Vancouver - too large, too many people, too much noise, too crowded, etc.  Even Ottawa is getting too big for my tastes!  Not everyone wants the same things out of life, and not everyone in allied health was gunning for medicine.
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    Coronaxtra reacted to Incisor94 in UWO Interview Structure   
    MVP right here...got accepted to 5+ schools and never attended a single interview #godsplan
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    Coronaxtra got a reaction from straight_teeth in McGill reinstating the DAT requirement   
    Need an additional criterion to differentiate the large amounts of 3.95-4.00 GPA applicants. Plus, it provides additional information for their holistic approach of selecting applicants. I think McGill has the most admission criteria in their application process than any other dental school (PS, CV, cGPA, DAT, Casper) which can help people compensate for areas they lack in (low GPA, but great CV, casper, PS).
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    Coronaxtra reacted to Flipperoni in Any questions about US dental schools?   
    Thank you so much for all the info @Coronaxtra!
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    Coronaxtra got a reaction from Flipperoni in Any questions about US dental schools?   
    TN visas don't have an annual limit like H1B and GCs do so you'll be able to get it renewed or apply for a new one quite easily. The difficult part is not securing the visa or getting renewal, its finding an employer to take you on as an associate. It's easier for them to hire local US perm residents or citizens. Some people that I know found it difficult initially with dental owners being reluctant to bring a Canadian dentist on TN but that's not always the case. As long as you're flexible with practicing in different states/areas, you'll find someone willing to take you on and then the TN/renewal stuff is smooth sailing.
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    Coronaxtra got a reaction from Flipperoni in Any questions about US dental schools?   
    TN visas are valid indefinitely as long as you renew every 3 years and have an employer that will keep you as an associate. Staying permanently would mean getting an employer to sponsor you for an H1B and then converting that to a green card (long process)
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    Coronaxtra reacted to WomboCombo in Commuting vs. living on campus   
    Totally doable. That's how long my commute is and I end up i) studying, ii) going on my phone to check updates (since there is wifi in TTC stations and data in some areas between stations) and relaxing after a long day of school, iii) eating breakfast, iv) sleeping, v) talking with friends, etc. I also like having a physical and mental distance away from the school. It does mean you need to wake up a bit earlier and get home a bit later. But if you use your time wisely on the commute, it's really financially economical and it's quite nice to live at home.
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    Coronaxtra got a reaction from Flipperoni in Schulich Interview Invites 2018   
    Last year it was 186 after 200 invites were sent out. I would assume it would be around that number, maybe a bit less since UofT is out earlier this year compared to UBC coming out early last year.
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    Coronaxtra got a reaction from Flipperoni in Schulich Interview Invites 2018   
    The waitlists haven't moved much in the past two years. Last year, the high waitlist didn't even clear and that was supposed to be a very conservative estimate of people receiving offers. The shift in the applicant pool has made the waitlist movement slow down at UWO so I wouldn't expect it to be any different this year, expect minimal movement.
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    Coronaxtra reacted to longhaul in Schulich Interview Invites 2018   
    Ever since the ABS/PS, the interviewed pool between UWO and UofT started to overlap in candidates less. Contrast that to years prior where practically all those that interviewed for one almost interviewed for the other. Because of that, I’d expect similar numbers of interviews at UWO this year 
    UWO also has no cap on OOP applicants they admit, so I’d assume more OOP apply as well
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    Coronaxtra got a reaction from longhaul in Schulich Interview Invites 2018   
    The waitlists haven't moved much in the past two years. Last year, the high waitlist didn't even clear and that was supposed to be a very conservative estimate of people receiving offers. The shift in the applicant pool has made the waitlist movement slow down at UWO so I wouldn't expect it to be any different this year, expect minimal movement.
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